Deadly clashes as jihadists attack besieged Syria regime villages

Aoud Moustafa 12 scores a goal in Zaizon refugee camp in Deraa Syria. — Reuters

The bombing raids hit a string of towns and villages in the northwest province of Idlib, which is nearly entirely controlled by various militant and hardline rebels.

The air strikes came a day after militants from Al Qaeda's former Syrian affiliate launched an attack on Fuaa and Kafraya, two villages held by the regime but cut off by hardline forces.

Late on Saturday, Hayat Tahrir Al Sham (HTS) and allied fighters shelled Fuaa and Kafraya heavily and clashed with local fighters.

"According to available information, there was fierce fighting in the past twenty-four hours in the said district of the province of Idlib between a large formation of the Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization [outlawed in Russia] and the Jaysh al-Ahrar irreconcilable opposition grouping with the use of heavy artillery guns", the defense ministry said.

The fighting, which was continuing Sunday, had killed six pro-Damascus fighters and at least three Takfiri elements, he added.

Around 10,000 people, majority Shiite Muslims, are estimated to live in the two villages.

Fuaa and Kafraya are the only two places in Syria now designated as besieged by the United Nations after the government recaptured the Yarmuk Palestinian camp in southern Damascus.

In a statement, Mr Guterres expressed "deep concern" about the strikes and called for a "full investigation into the attacks, especially allegations that there was also a second strike targeting first responders, to establish accountability".

Panos Moumtzis, the United Nations regional humanitarian coordinator, called on major powers to broker a settlement to end the war and avoid a bloodbath in Idlib.

Referring to Turkey, Russia and Iran, which have held peace talks, he said: "This is a de-escalation area, we hope the Astana guarantors, everybody will do everything to ensure a calming down of situation". "There is no other location to move them to [in Syria]", he told a news briefing in Geneva.

The situation was "heartbreaking" and complicated by the fact that Idlib has become a haven for belligerents forced out of former strongholds by government forces and their allies, said the United Nations official. Russian Federation entered the Syria conflict in September 2015, offering support to Damascus, which changed the course of the war, allowing government troops to retake more than half the country from opposition and Daesh terrorists.

Representatives of civil defense Idlib (White helmets - ed.) confirmed the attack on the building of children's hospital in Tetanus, and said that killed five people, including three children.

Related News:

  • Jose Mourinho names World Cup semi-finalists, leaves out Spain

    Jose Mourinho names World Cup semi-finalists, leaves out Spain

    The Eagles ended March with some optimism but a 1-nil loss to Chile with moments to go dented the morale of the squad come June. Neymar left Aleksander Dragovic on the floor with a dragback and then scored with a shot between Lindner's legs.
    Toyota investing $1 billion in ride-hailing company Grab

    Toyota investing $1 billion in ride-hailing company Grab

    That round quietly closed at the start of 2018, Grab has confirmed but so far it hasn't said who put up the additional money. The company's app has been downloaded onto over 100 million mobile devices and the firm logs over 6 million rides per day.
    Bets for upcoming Southampton vs Arsenal fight

    Bets for upcoming Southampton vs Arsenal fight

    Neither Arsene Wenger nor his players could afford themselves to lose another match if they still want to be in the top four. Arsenal is still keeping the dream to be qualified in Champions League after the victory over Manchester on Sunday.
  • Lesbian couple booted out of Uber for kissing on the backseat

    Lesbian couple booted out of Uber for kissing on the backseat

    Elbotari said that he would do the same for a straight couple, but admitted that he has less tolerance for a same-sex couple. One of the women said, "What are you fucking talking about? You don't do that here in the vehicle ".
    Handshakes instead of sledges to kick off series between Australia and England

    Handshakes instead of sledges to kick off series between Australia and England

    That is the bigger shop window rather than personal side of it. "We were miles off where we expect to be and didn't do enough to win", he said.
    Rising trend of casino apps

    Rising trend of casino apps

    For those who are looking for a specific game, Cherry Rush also includes a description of what games can be found each site. It used to be that if someone wanted to play a casino game they had to find a land based venue.
  • Trump's trade adviser apologises for comments on Trudeau

    Trump's trade adviser apologises for comments on Trudeau

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel described his change of heart as "sobering and a little depressing". He added, "Those are my words, but they're the sentiment that was on Air Force One after that".
    De Gea will not rule out Real Madrid move

    De Gea will not rule out Real Madrid move

    But I am always relaxed, whatever crops up, I'll always be the same and I want to be 100% focused on the World Cup. "But it's water under the bridge".
    Fortnite On Nintendo Switch Doesn't Have Save The World Mode

    Fortnite On Nintendo Switch Doesn't Have Save The World Mode

    If you play the game on mobile or Xbox One and not PS4, however, then you should be good to go with no issues whatsoever. You won't be able to simply log into their accounts on Switch consoles or any other device that can run the game.
  • Trailer, Release Date, and Everything We Know

    Trailer, Release Date, and Everything We Know

    And there's also a tantalizing cliffhanger that will surely make a few people eager to try out the game for themselves. Now a seasoned Super Hero, Peter Parker has been busy keeping crime off the streets as Spider-Man.
    Trump wants to stop provocative 'war games' with South Korea

    Trump wants to stop provocative 'war games' with South Korea

    In the face of the North's constant protest, the allies' militaries have defended the exercises as purely defensive in nature. South Korea contributes, but not 100 per cent which is a subject that we have to talk to them about also.
    Will Fiorentina continue the fight?

    Will Fiorentina continue the fight?

    Another 16 goals brought Lorenzo Insigne, 13 goals went from Jose Callejon and 11 from Marek Hamšík. Forecasts Bookmakers consider Napoli as the main favorite - the coefficient for the victory of the hosts is 1.28.


Most liked

Resident Evil 2 remake announced for early 2019
Both Leon and Claire have their own separate playable campaigns, allowing players to see the story from both characters' perspectives.

Justify bidding for rare Triple Crown sweep in Belmont
Even so, Justify enjoyed a dry track on Saturday and led the race from start to finish. "It never gets old", Baffert said. Justify will attempt to join previous Triple Crown winners later this evening when he runs in the 2018 Belmont Stakes.

Mix of Western, Asian dishes served at Trump-Kim summit during lunch
Donald Trump held the "upper hand" in his historic handshake with Kim Jong-un , according to an expert in languages and linguistics.

'Long road ahead' to North Korea denuclearization
Previous recovery efforts returned 229 sets of American remains before deteriorating relations brought them to a halt in 2005. Indeed, it is-and surely something that the Obama team couldn't have managed with their pervasive paralysis by analysis.

Indian PM Modi shares fitness video on social media
On May 23, Kohli had posted a video of his workout and nominated Modi, a strong proponent of yoga. PM Modi posted a video on twitter this morning and shared his fitness mantra with the nation.

Putin: We are Ready to Meet Trump as Soon as Washington is
When he said, " It may not be politically correct, but we have a world to run ", you have to wonder who he meant by "we". Putin, in China for an global conference, did not address the sanctions, but instead focused on Trump's goodwill.

Dramatic Debut: Terence Crawford a knockout in first welterweight bout
The following April, Crawford moved up to junior welterweight to capture the WBO title by stopping Thomas Dulorme in Texas. The fight wrapped up a insane week with Horn almost getting stripped of his title on the scales on June 8.

Andres Iniesta Warns Spain About Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo admits that with the rise of Mo Salah, the Ballon d'Or is no longer a two-horse race between himself and Lionel Messi .

How to pre-register for The Elder Scrolls: Blades
Not Skyrim , not a Skyrim sequel, not a Skyrim spin-off, but a game that is actually being called The Elder Scrolls VI . How Much Does Elder Scrolls Blades Cost? However, Bethesda's lips are sealed on setting or any other details.

Officer stops to save young boy from busy road
However, the boy keeps running, forcing Mannino into a full sprint to catch up. The boy's mother arrived moments after Mannino saved him, WGN reports.

Why Richmond voters can only choose Republicans this primary election
Spanberger told a cheering crowd at an election night party at a Richmond hotel she would flip the district in the fall. On the Republican ballot, voters will be asked two yes or no "advisory questions" different from the Democratic ballot.

The reason why Meghan Markle stood behind Kate Middleton on the balcony
The Duchess of Sussex was, understandably, a little bit apprehensive on the day. " Meghan is always asking Harry's opinion". But apparently, she still can't wear whatever she wants to wear.

Goodbye FYR, hello North! Macedonia and Greece resolve name dispute
He added that Macedonia "cannot and will not be able in the future to claim any connection with the ancient Greek civilisation of Macedonia ".

What Court Docs Reveal About Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt's Custody Case
The court determined that Maddox , 16, was old enough to decide how he wants to split his time between his parents. Jolie filed for divorce from Pitt in September 2016, claiming the separation was "for the health of the family".

Canadian lawmakers unanimously accuse United States of attacking Trudeau
Smith further said Trump's latest attitude towards Trudeau isn't a new thing and he has "been kicking allies in the teeth his whole presidency".